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"early today" in america. in texas one family is getting the creeps from crawling critters. a growing number of tarantulas are making themselves at home on one man's property. he spotted ten in his home along with scorpions. tw experts say they don't pose much risk but hard to get rid one. >>> man paid off his mortgage down to the last penny. saving up to 62,000 final pennies to make the final payment. he got his mortgage 35 years ago and started saving pennies. it took bank employees two full employees to unroll all of those coins, more than 400 pounds worth. >>> finally, way, way, way beyond america on mars, nasa captured amazing new images showing a 360-degree view of the landscape. the rover opportunity combined more than 800 pictures to show a composite view of a martian winter. another view shows a large crater standing 14 miles in diameter. >>> and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's meteorologist todd santos with the weather channel forecast. i don't know about mars. it looked like the desert southwest. or the grand canyon. >> right? cool images there
in dallas, texas, hundreds of angry people surrounded a crime scene after police shot and killed a man this evening. we don't know what led to the shooting. dozens of additional officers were called in to keep the crowd from going on to the field where it happened. despite tensions running high, things did not get physical between the crowd and the police. >>> dark knight movie star christian bale makes a surprise visit to the colorado movie massacre. the investigator returnsed to the crime scene and the suspect's apartment looking for clues in the kay. jay gray has the report. >> reporter: the focus in aurora turned back to the suspect's apartment. prosecutors getting their first look inside. while back at the crime scene, a chain link fence went up around theater. evidence teams continuing their search. as mourners search for comfort in the wake of the tragedy. >> it's a feeling of sadness and such loss. such loss for all the families. >> reporter: families like this. >> he was one of the best sons any man could ever have. and i've been honored to know him. >> i need officers on the
from police in south texas. the suv is loaded with what police believe is thousands of pounds of marijuana. the driver with nowhere to go splashes into the riogrande. it is a scene that is repeated day and night along the border. >> splash down. >> and even though the smugglers are followed by helicopters and officers on the ground. if they make it to the river, they can make their escape with waiting accomplices who use boats to hall brdrugs back to mexico. all police on the u.s. side can do is watch them paddle away. but now, texas state troopers are taking to the water with a fleet of 34 foot arm mored gun boat was automatic weapons. >> they are automatic machine guns. the show of force is desperately needed on this narrow stretch of water. >> they have to tall disregard for human life. they will stop at nothing to move their poison into the united states. >> he recognizes the center of the river as the boundary. >> our goal is to make the arrest prior to them getting back to their base. >> for place who have seen countless drug runners swim away, it is a navy that is long
income and refr knew. >>> else where on on the earnings friend texas instrument slid. keep an eye on apple today. it delivers earnings after the bell. cisco is cutting back with plans to lay off 1 3rkz 00 employees or 2% of its work force. pete's coffee & tee shot up after being acquired by a german company for $1 billion. >>> is to made by jim henson's company will not be popping up in kids' meals at chick-fil-a. it servered ties after the ceo's recent remarks regarding same-sex marriage saying the company preferred the, quote, biblical family unite. >>> andite these time of year again. what not to wear in the summer. the usual offenders, strapless tops and flip-flops topped the your is vai of this year's work no-nos, and 6 57 say leave your hoodies at home as well. >>> coming up, the nats take it to extras. the phils rally late, and hockey's rangers deal for an all-star. >>> plus, a surprise trade puts a japanese icon in pinstripes. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. >>> while many of us will dodge thunderstorms today, the big question is when. will kansas e
facilities. one of those swimmers was kelly davies, now kelly curren, living in texas. she began swimming when she was 9 years old. she says the abuse began when she was 13. >> i know what i know, and the truth will set you free. and i was bound for 23 years, 6 months and however many days, and i'm free. >> reporter: kelly says she eventually told some people, including her parents. at 19 she was encouraged to sign a settlement in which he agreed to not speak about the charges, ever. >> in my coming out and talking about this changes one life, if it changes one life, then it's -- my heart's d. then my life has made a difference. >> reporter: kelly says her love for her former swim club and its kids remains in tact, the curl-burke club released a statement saying that rick curl has taken a leave of absence. efforts to reach curl today were unsuccessful. jaxxie benson, news4. >> and time is shifting. >> this is video of james hole systems, long before he became a suspect. he's given a presentation at the salk institute for biological studies, where he was doing a summer internship. he was 1
is on the way. and they are not alone. texas governor rick perry, a former republican rival says that romney should be as open as possible. meantime on the other side we've got republicans criticizing the obama campaign for what they're saying about mitt romney. john mccain calls the campaign disgraceful for targeting those tax returns and targeting romney's time with bain. hi calls it chicago style and sleazy. meantime former new hampshire governor says that he shouldn't have said that president obama learns to be an american. what he really meant is he needs to learn the american formula for business. lynn? >> tracie potts for us in washington. tracie, thanks so much. >>> to utah where a southwest airlines pilot wanted in connection with a colorado murder attempted to steal an empty plain from a small airport. the man then killed himself after he couldn't get the plane off the ground. nbc's kurt gregory has the details. >> reporter: a sky west pilot's plans to steal a plane was thwarted. the 40-year-old had parked his motorcycle, jumped a fence to the airport, gained access to a sky westje
six in the eighth and down the brewers. texas was an out and an inch away from getting out in the ninth. alex aviles with a bloop single. in coming the go-ahead rub. boston wins it, 2-1. >>> it's one of the most exciting plays on baseball. runners on third and the indians pull off the squeeze. aaron cunningham pulls off the bunt. that's the difference. indians cage the tigers, 3-2. >>> to chicago where the twins' josh williams hit not one but two home runs against the white sox. unfortunately he was the only minnesota play their did anything. sox win big, 11-4. >>> to london where team usa played their final exhibition game before the olympics. got off to another slow start against spain. carmelo anthony sparks it. finishing with 27 points. the americans pull away in the third quarter off the turnover. lebron james flies in for the dunk. the dream team wins, 100-78. their first game of the olympics is sunday versus france. he's what they'll be playing for. the medals of the 2012 olympic games were unveiled yesterday. there will be 212 awarded each with the emblem of the lon
a billion dollars a year. >>> else where jc penney will lay off another 350 at its texas quarters. 30% have been axed since spring. >>> the san bernardino city council has voted to declare bankruptcy. california's third city to seek bankruptcy protection in less than two weeks. and with his city out of cash without negotiation the mayor of scranton, pennsylvania, cut the pay of city workers including police, firefighters, and even himself to minimum wage. city worker unions have launched several court actions against the cuts. >>> and finally for the third time in the six years cnbc has done a list of the best states for business. texas has finished number one with top ten finishes in six out of ten competitiveness categories. >>> well, coming up the l.a. clippers' big man signs for big bucks and a motorcycle racer's premature celebration. >>> plus the all-star game's lone home run is good enough to win the mvp award. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. soo so the big heat has left. the question is when will it come back. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "earl
. >>> coming up texas instrument breaks the junk. wells fargo breaks the practices and one cup of joe for the morning road. >>> plus, we'll tell you what film is set to end the quick reign of spider-man at the box office. >>> coming up an impressive start for the usa basketball and one olympic hope is done forone mem of the d.r.e.a.m. team. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. syrian activists are reporting a new massacre of more than a hundred people yesterday in central hamas proshs. reports of more than 200 killed with a would-be most serious massacre. >>> "the washington post" reports that michelle obama was allegedly the tar debt of a threat by a plev in the district of columbia. the officer said he would shoot the first lady and use his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton met with china's foreign minister yesterday urging talks on the south china sea. clinton proposed talks to calm tensions with so
texas where she's living now. >> i know what i know and the truth will set you free. i was bound for 23 years, 6 months and however many days. and i'm free. >> currel has not commented. he has taken a leave of absence. he has coached hundreds of elite athletes. >> athletes and fans from around the globe are in london now. skurt is security is tight. cameron fired back at comments mitt romney made about possible security concerns. cameron says security is and has been the country's top priority. ze seven years of planning, building and waiting is about to be over. london's mayor said that they're ready to put on a great show. over in london covering the olympic games for us tonight, he takes us inside one of the first stops for team usa. it's called team processing. it's where all the ath lelet at get their uniforms. >> police have finally lifted the crime tape six days after the shooting at a movie theater. holmes' lawyers are getting the first look at his home as neighbors in the building are being allow today return. this new video shows a very different james holmes. he was recorded
veteran. he died yesterday at his home in el paso, texas. hemsley was 74. >>> 6:15 now. this morning a shocking video just released in connection with an ongoing lawsuit against sea world. take a look here. the video shows a trainer being dragged underwater by a 6,000 pound killer whale. that whale grabs the trainer by the foot and drags him under water for several minutes. it took about eight minutes for the trainer to break free. this happened during a live performance in san diego in 2006. the trainer did survive. >>> pepsi says it will continue to advertise and sponsor penn state. this comes after state farm announced its pulling its ads in the wake of the jerry sandusky child sex abuse scandal. general motors says it is reconsidering its sponsorship deal and wall street is threatening to downgrade the school's credit rating. this news comes as the university works to remove joe paterno's legacy. construction workers took down the wall that stood behind the bronze statue of paterno. the statue was removed on sunday. >>> we could get a sense today of whether congress will act to k
a suspect. and then two weeks later, out of the blue, detectives got a call from austin, texas. >> and my lieutenant walked into the office and said, okay. and i said what? she said, austin pd just called our fugitives unit. we might have him in austin, texas. i said, what? >> reporter: travis had borrowed a car from an old girlfriend in colorado. when he did not return it, she filed a report. which might not have led to anything at all, but a town in austin with a little time on his hands checked out the license plate, first the report for the missing car and then travis forbes. >> so my lieutenant said, grab your search warrant for his dna and head to texas. so i hop a plane that night. >> reporter: a few hours later, gerlai was face to face with travis forbes again. >> you know what, they sent me to texas because they think you're running to mexico. >> i'm not going to mexico. >> he would call me nash, i would call him trap. it was similar to you and i just talking. i wasn't confrontational with him. if he asked me a question, i gave him an honest answer. >> you didn't come all this wa
in arlington, texas, is the hot, dry weather is no game for those who struggle to make their living from the land. >> our farmers right now are hurting. >> reporter: drought conditions stretch across more than half of the country, creating what the scientists call the largest drought footprint in the 21st century. corn crops and many other crops have withered. rain now is little more than aniinsult to the farmers. >> rain today won't do us any good. it's over with on corn. mother nature hasn't been very good to us this summer. >> reporter: a blistering summer that's really only just begun. jay gray, nbc news. >>> here at home the heat kink that caused a derailment on the green line has now been fixed. metro officials say the scorching temperatures caused the track to actually bend. that caused the train to derail. crews worked all weekend to fix it. now thanks to lower temperatures today, no heat-related speed restrictions in place at this point. >>> coming up, fairfax police shot and killed a man after he claimed they fired on him first. >>> anger is growing after deadly floods in russi
is houston, texas. one is sydney, australia and the other is melbourne. >> number 1 is melbourne. >> what are they talking about? what are they doing there? >> i don't know. >> the other top two cities are chicago, l.a., australia, brooklyn, new york and atlanta. that's where the cougars are trolling. >> i think it's because of that guy on the mentalist. what's his name, simon baker? >> i love him. >> so adorable. i think i'll go to australia and get me one of those. i'll take three. >> here's a little surprising news. "america's got talent" is a big big show on nbc. it's going along swimmingly and suddenly there was a tweet. >> a strange tweet from sharon osbourne. >> she wrote this, my darling, howard stern, money is not the reason i'm not returning to nbcagt, which is "america's got talent." it is because... >> now oh, robert greenblatt said this caught nbc off guard. the producer said we don't know what's going on and it may be much ado about nothing. >> twitter is weird. people are saying what they want with no publicist and nothing. >> i think it's a need to control things. so much
struggling with so many people out of work. >> reporter: but the president courting voters in texas says the answer is not tax benefits for the rich. >> i want to end tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas. let's give tax breaks to companies investing right here in texas, right here in the united states of america. let's put american workers back to work! >> reporter: both candidates are offering plans to help the economy which grew at an annual rate of 2.5% in the last half of 2011 but slowed to below 2% recently. it's unlikely the fed will take any action at its next meeting at the end of july. but if the economy continues to weaken, steps may be taken at the board's mid-september meeting. jennifer johnson, nbc news, washington. >>> bernanke also said europe's final crisis also poses a risk to our nation's economy. >>> former president george h.w. bush will not attend next month's gop convention. the former president's mobility will keep him from attending the gathering in tampa. the 88-year-old has a form of parkinson's and often uses a wheelchair or motorized scooter to get a
's competitors shoved it down in 1:23. >>> in texas the biggest problem for a skunk is usually the odor but this little guy got a bottle stuck to his face and wandered around for a few minutes with a container. animal control showed up and removed the bottle. the skunk was said to be confused but doing just fine. >>> for a look at your national and regional weather, bill karins. >> go back to the ice cream story. how would you have done? >> pretty good. i hate to say it but i could have blown them out of the water. >> i get impran freezes. >> give me a banana split i could have taken you out in a minute flat. >> i would have watched. another heat wave in the middle of the country but the heat is going to peak. yesterday 95-plus club with washington, d.c., chicago, st. louis, indianapolis, des moines, kansas city, wichita, kansas city, and 102 in rapid city, and denver hit 100 also. the next heat wave we're not watching that way in the way of wet weather to provide us any relief or cloud cover for that matter. we have heat advisories for many areas of south dakota, southern wisconsin and
and social service agencies here trying to help them. nbc's mark potter reports. >> reporter: in texas, two months ago, police found more than 100 immigrants stabbed in houses, including unaccompanied boys. >> they were being treated like animals. there was no water, there was no food. they were locked in. >> reporter: mike vickers found four immigrant youths lost, exhausted and thirsty, including two girls ages 10 and 13. >> they probably didn't really understand how close they were to being statistics and being dead. >> reporter: federal authorities say the number of children detained after illegally entering the u.s. without their parents is skyrocketing. more than 8,000 migrant children have been taken into custody this year compared to 4,000 last year. most are teenaged buys from central america, where they are fleeing drug and gang violence. extreme poverty or abusive homes. >> it's often a very harrowing trip, a dangerous trip for the children. and it can turn into a very abusive situation. >> reporter: the dramatic rise of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the u.s. is pu
and especially texans for some reasons can be withery. >> a gentleman from texas asked me if it hurts to get your leg chopped off. three weeks later, a woman from texas, where did sleepy beauty lie. >> there's one big qualification for this job, and that's more than two decades of prior military service and that makes this job an honor. paul served in the falklands and the first war and when princess diana died he acted as pall bearer and the new guy clive has finished 19 years with the british military. he's an iraq veteran whose unit is now serving in afghanistan. >> i'm a people person, and to come here to the tower and spread the word about our fantastic history, warts and all, i couldn't think of anything better. >> these are great men, and so if you visit the tower during a visit to london, remember you'll be in the capable hands of a veteran. that is nbc "nightly news" for this sunday evening. i'm brian williams reporting again tonight from london. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. for all of us here, good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
.s. like corn. say nothing of livestock and property. nbc's janet is on the story in texas. >> reporter: a withering pasture in arkansas, reservoirs gone dry and cracked earth seen throughout much of the nation. more than 1,000 counties have been declared national disaster areas. the drought has spread, now blanketing more than 60% of the lower 48 48 states. with some of the hottest months still ahead. >> when it comes to the big picture weather pattern, any significant changes to these drought-stricken areas, we're not going to see any improvements at least through the end of july. >> reporter: the impact on agriculture is devastating. 30% of the corn crop is in poor or very poor condition, up from 22% the previous week. grazing grounds are barren. horsing ranchers buy feed for their hungry cattle or sell off their herd. >> you know, we are a nation that eats a lot of beef. >> reporter: and uses a great deal of water. indianapolis residents are getting in one last soaking before a mandatory water ban starts tomorrow. there is rain, but it's out of reach of the drought zone. flash flood
warming earth did play a role in the severity of the texas drought, caused in part by the cooler pacific waters of la nina, bringing dry conditions to the south. >> we should get used to these la nina related heat waves, because today they're 20 times more likely to occur than 50 years ago. >> reporter: now, government scientists say 2011 was cooler than 2010, but it was still warm enough to be one of the warmest 15 years on record. and with concentrations of greenhouse gases increasing, scientists say we should get ready for more extreme events. brian? >> anne thompson, colorado springs tonight, thanks for that. another example of extreme weather just this morning, just outside austin texas, ten inches of rain fell in a matter of just a few hours, touching off some nasty flash floods, leaving more than a dozen homes totally sur rounded by water. it was a good sides mess to clean up later in the day, luckily nobody was hurt. >>> we have an update tonight on a story we aired just a few days back, at the height those awful colorado wildfires. as we with reported that night, the firefighter
in texas. it was the top of the fourth inning when that loud crack sent players rushing off the field. the cameras even went black for a moment. rangers officials said the lightning struck north of the stadium and did not hit the facility. texas won the game following a 46-minute delay. and felt like the same situation in reston yesterday, i swear. it was the loudest cracking of thunder and lightning together that we've seen. we were all running for cover. >> a lot of people had that same experience, tweeted and facebooked about that yesterday. quickly as we move on to what to expect today, two schools in prince george's county are closed, francis fukes early childhood development center and thomas claggett are closed because no air conditioning. not as bad as last week with that circumstance, but still warm enough where folks want those working, so those schools are closed. >> a lot of people impacted from the storms. when's it all going to be over, tom? >> well, we'll have them off and on through the morning hours and a smaller chance this afternoon, but right now we've got this con
and a flood threat for the central gulf coast of texas from galveston and we're looking for the threat of really heavy rain. look, you can see it now from corpus christi to houston and heavy rain in southern florida, as well. anywhere from one to four inches of rain from southern texas to southern florida this morning. that's what's going on around the country this morning. >> good morning, tom kierein in storm center 4. beautiful morning under way. quite a bit of cloudiness and all those areas in green in the 60s and areas in yellow are low to mid-70s. and a little less humid by later this afternoon. partly sunny through the day. tomorrow highs mid-80s and then some occasional showe that's your latest weather, matt. >>> now to presidential politics and the sharpened rhetoric between president obama and mitt romney over the state of the economy. nbc's peter alexander is in houston where romney will speak at the naacp convention a little later today. peter, good morning to you. >> matt, good morning to you. the naacp, of course, is the nation's oldest civil rights organization. romney c
. >> this is a fundamental disagreement between democrats and republicans, between bobby and myself. pick on texas. 22% of its kids have no health insurance, and 25% of its adults have no health insurance. those aren't just texas kids. those are american kids. and i think we have an obligation to make sure our kids have health insurance. and this bill does that. i don't like the individual mandate either, and i don't think it was necessary, but it's there. the supreme court has spoken. the congress has spoken. the president has spoken. mitt romney has shown this can work because it did work in massachusetts with 98% of people covered. i don't want to live in a country where 22% of the kids who are american kids in texas don't have health insurance, and i think it's our obligation as a society to make sure everybody has health insurance, and that is what this bill does. >> i'm out of time. two quick ones for you, governor. you're on the vp list. would you like to be his running mate if he asks you? >> you and i talked about this before. we're not going to speculate. i've said this the last several week
. this was during the rangers/twins game last night in texas. top of the fourth inning. all of a sudden, they hear a loud crack and the players run off the field, umps too. cameras even went black for a moment during that game. rangers officials said the lightning struck north of the stadium -- not hit the facility. texas won that game following a 46-minute delay, while the players got their nerves back together. >> i know. it sure rattled some. it shook the whole stadium, did you see that? >> yes, that's the smart thing to do, get out of there. let's go to tom kierein now, talk about what we can expect today, tom. >> that was a balk. did you see that? the pitcher balked. >> definitely. >> should have given him a base. there's a live view we just saw over the jefferson memorial. thankfully, things have settled down this morning after some overnight downpours and thunder and lightning. a lot of that is now on the eastern shore. they're getting some of that heavy rain, thunder and lightning, but around the metro area, thankfully, a lot of lightning has stopped, and so has the rain right around washi
. he's at a texas facility for observation. >>> the house has voted to repeal the health care reform law. political analysts say the vote changes nothing, but does keep the issue alive. steve handlesman has our report. >> reporter: it's a vote on obama health care that will not change the law. >> we know this will pass the house and die in the senate. >> but republicans want to show their resolve to kill what they call obama care. >> this is making our economy worse, driving up the costs and making had harder for small businesses to hire worker. >> it closes a door to wellness that's not just being opened to over 30 million americans. >> house republican leaders have held at least 30 votes to kill the obama law. >> it's time for republicans to end their relentless obsession with taking away ben fritz from millions of americans. >> reporter: like congress, americans are still divided. >> just because it's been ruled constitutional doesn't mean all aspects of the law aren't great and we shouldn't discuss them. >> reporter: mitt romney kept up his attack, but he did it today at the naac
the issue this afternoon. that powerful boom stopped play at the rangers/twins game last night in texas. it was the top of the fourth inning when that loud crack sent the players rushing off the field. the cameras've went black for a moment. rangers officials say the lightning struck north of the stadium and did not hit the facility at all. texas won the game following a 46-minute delay and it looks like they did the right thing there, running for konk. let's take a check on what's going on in our area weather wise with meteorologist tom kierein. >> we had thunder last night, nothing like that. did not have any severe weather last night and into this morning. we've had it settle down, but between last night late and into the morning hours, we had some of those passing showers an thundershowers rolling through. left anywhere from about a quarter of an inch to half an inch around the metro area. although frederick county, maryland, had four inches of rain. there was flooding there. some creeks and streams came out of their banks. now breaks in clouds around the region and temperatures are
. >>> a horrific crash on a texas highway nearly took the life of an innocent driver. the accident occurred after a suspect sped away from police during a traffic stop. his escape ended horribly when he veered into oncoming traffic and collided head on with. >> car. the suspect was arrested while the driver of the o'car was hospitalized in critical condition. >>> finally the outpouring of support continues in aurora. several members of the colorado rockies paid a visit to victims of last week's shooting rampage. patients and hospital staff took photos with and got autographs from the manager and 12 players who made the trip. great sight to see there. >>> and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. he has a very busy weather channel forecast. >> yeah. yesterday was an interesting day. it was a set up for this big, big weather event. the storms formed and they did their damage out there. it probably wasn't as bad as they thought it would be. many areas have a lot of clean-up, still thousands without power. one tornado in elmira, new york. you can
matter. but he couldn't resist spouting off. he held out a texas twang and gave his best bush impression. i'm a governor, my daddy was president. i own a baseball team. but al gore was right in using the lewinsky issue. >> now if he decides he can't help himself and starts campaigning against me, the shadow returns. bill: the shadow. we learned when book visited the white house after the recount of 2000, he asked clinton if that shadow offended him and he gave him a pass. and of course clinton became close to george bush 41 and the family. they consider clinton a brother of another mother. and listen to this. >> is that so ridiculous our odd couple partnership, that barbara began to refer to me as her black sheep son, you know, the one that -- [laughter] strays. there's one in every family. gets the politics wrong and make some of the mistakes. chris: you got all in the book? >> yes. chris: how ike helped ronald reagan against richard nixon and some of nixon's own skull duggery. chris: welcome back. his book about the most secret club of the most powerful men of former presidents, there
billowing in the air at night. the lines of light in that -- that's interstate 10 in el paso, texas. the fire is 87% contained. >> a raging fire, and very tough to fight as well. >> did they snap that with a regular camera? or some piece of equipment? >> i'm sure they have special equipment, right? >> seemed like a regular photo. pretty impressive. >> a good flash? zoom lens? >> i can see texas from outer space. >>> 5:11. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. >> a regular point and shoot camera would get a shot like that. looking down from space on our part of the world. partly cloudy. patches of color. getting showers, and temperatures around the region, 60s north and west of washington. around quantico, maybe a shower. hometown forecast by mid morning, any shower activity should end. noontime, upper 80s. and near 90 by mid afternoon and around the 80s. a look at the rest of the week in ten minutes. good morning, daniela. >> traveling in the district. not seeing any incidents. no accidents to warn you about. checking into virginia, earlier we had road work set up at arlington bou
. >>> and finally in texas, follow that scooter. police are fishing for the man in this video who stole seafood from a walmart using his motorized chair to make his escape. he lifted $200 worth of lobster tails. he loaded them right into the basket, road out to the store and stuffed the crustaceans and drove off. somebody got a license from the vehicle but not a look at the car. >>> and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. we can't script these things. >> no butter? >> he went else where for the butter. >>> well, good morning, everyone. yesterday an amazingly hot temperature was recorded in dealt valley national park in california. it was 128 degrees there at the floor of death valley for the hottest locations on the entire planet. they got as high as 134. 128 is still just amazing. it was 114 in vegas. so all the encredible heat that was over the entire heat last week is still over utah. so we had rain yesterday, much needed rain, welcomed rain. louisiana, mississippi, through georgia, also through through the
are on the way driving from texas and florida. looking at the updated numbers now, pepco has 377,000 customers still in the dark. dominion has 340,000 outages. bge is working to fix 171,000 power problems. potomac edison has 15,000 outages in montgomery, howard and frederick counties. this video just into our newsroom shows a transformer fire. pat collins is in falls church, virginia where people are sitting in hot homes in the dark tonight. >> reporter: transformers exploding, that could be a step backwards in this power restoration effort. take a look behind me, this 7-eleven in the dark, shut down, when is the last time you saw a 7-eleven closed at 11:00. take a trip with me down popular drive. life without electricity. this is popular drive in falls church. it's loaded with popular trees. and in storms, they have a reputation for falling like snowflakes. popular people know this all too well. look at the lane house, no power, no tv, no telephone, no problem. it's family monopoly by flashlight. >> we don't have the internet, any television or anything, no lights. >> it's monopoly? >> it's a
, quote, they have a normal family. >>> this man was executed yesterday in texas. it was the first execution using one lethal drug instead of three due to shortages. >> in china, a taxi driver hung onto the hood of a drunk driver who had collided with this taxi cab. the drunk driver tried to escape but the taxi driver held on until he stopped at a karaoke bar and the police could make an arrest. >>> and now here is an early look at how wall street's going to kick off the day. the dow opened at 12, 908 after climbing 103. the s&p gained 9. the nasdaq spike third degree 2. >>> taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo rose 68 points while in honk kang the hang seng skyrocketed 319. >>> well, the s&p 500 leapt to its highest level wednesday as traders chose to ignore bad news and cherry pick the good news coming out of earnings. >>> intel forecast its growth. the stock rose more than 3%. >>> honeywell jumped almost 7% on healthy profits. >> emc jumped over 9% after reporting a preliminary second quarter profit and its vmware unit was up 12%. >>> vivus jumped 12% after t
yesterday in texas, ohio and illinois. >>> a local theater is also helping out those affected by the shooting. in hagerstown, maryland, the theater is donating a dollar from every ticket sold yesterday and today. the money will go to the colorado-based community first foundation. >>> the maryland man accused of planning a workplace shooting will likely spend next week undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. neil prescott is being held at ann arundal medical center. they found an arsenal of two dozen weapons at his apartment. police are waiting on the mental evaluation before they charge. >>> supporters of same-sex will hold demonstrations this week at chick-fil-a restaurants around the country. on friday, same-sex couples will hold a kiss-in at the restaurant chain. d.c. mayor vincent gray waded into the controversy while at an event yesterday. he slammed the fast food restaurant for what he calls hate chicken. mayor gray says he has always supported ljbt rights for people living in the district. >> when people who don't support marriage equality, it's the law here, people who do
been a day of extreme weather. heavy rain in parts of texas and late word tonight of a deadly lightning strike on a soccer field near houston, two people killed while trying to hide from the rain. >>> the nation's heartland where a severe drought continues cripablicri crippling a lot of farms. get ready for round two. meteorologist kim cunningham joins us now from the weather channel head quarters. here we go again. >> a tragic story about this lightning strike here. this is a big story with the lightning we have been seeing. that is moving out of houston. you can see the six-hour timeline showing the storms on the way out. this is a big story and the fact a lot of people get killed by lightning each year, the bigger story i think coming up this week will be the heat. i want to show you the dew point, the measure of moisture at the surface. notice 60s and 70s. tropical atmosphere. you add that to temperatures near 100 degrees this is a different scenario than we had. we will have temperatures in the 90s but to factor in the dew points and we are talking heat indexes of 105 plus. that is
been ravaged. pepco has crews from texas and even canada. >> you know people are not happy. >> absolutely. and we get it. >> frustrated. highly frustrated. >> reporter: david rut lidge and his neighbors are spoiled, full of food. crowded malls and schools and libraries. word is power may not be back on for many until friday. >> we put a lot of money into restoring and/or hardening the system but this was around extreme event. >> reporter: the first storms blasted through friday night, 90-mile-an-hour winds. >> you could see rain falling, trees, trash being lited off the ground. >> reporter: storms in chicago. one kill add couple on a golf cart. another kill mand taking refuge in a barn. the death toll when the storms passed, 22. and today will be even hotter from coast to coast and in the mid-atlantic. more potentially powerful storms are forecast. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> in his first comment since last week's contempt of congress vote attorney general eric holder said republicans voted against him to make attorney general a proxy to attack president
showers and thunderstorms for you. texas, 94 and houston with showers in eastern texas. monday, back to work, more thunderstorms across the carolinas stretching back on through parts of the middle mississippi river valley. hey, every morning on the weather chaj nnel at 6:00 a.m. eastern, you can always "wake up with al." ...so you can take the man outta new jersey, but you can't take your pants off in a museum." [ laughs ] ted, i can't wait to take you home and run my fingers through that adorable hair. who says we need to wait 'til home? ♪ hey, i don't come here for the ambiance. axe hair? [ male announcer ] with teddy bear hair you can get away with anything. get some of your own with axe hair. come see ted in theatres. rated r. ♪ mr. parker! sir... excuse me, excuse me... can i get you to sign off on the johnson case... ♪ we built this city! don't let food hang around. ♪ on rock & roll! [ orbit trumpet plays ] clean it up with orbit! [ ding! ] fabulous! for a good clean feeling... eat. drink. chew orbit. >>> it's time for madelyn's food fight. you may be screaming for ice
hemsley died at his home in el paso, texas yesterday morning. he is best known for his role as george jefferson, the owner of a dry cleaning company who moved on up the social ladder on "the jeffersons." it was one of the first tv shows with a mostly black cast. hemsley served in the air force and also sang. sherman hemsley was 74 years old. >>> this year's aids conference in d.c. is trying to turn the tide against the disease. today researchers will present the latest science they hope will turn the crime. yesterday the annual aids march turned tense as more than a dozen activists were arrested in front of the white house. they clashed with police when they tried to tie money, pill bottles and red ribbons to the white house fence. thousands took part in that march. >>> this morning a babysitter is charged with the murder of a baby nine months ago. police arrested 20-year-old carol lutsky on monday. they say she was watching an 11-month-old in october. at the time lutsky said the boy became unresponsive. instead of calling 911 she took the baby to his mother who then took the ball to
. >>> the north texas toll way authority just released the video. the bus plowed into four cars sending car parts flying all over the road. there were no passengers on the bus at the time. two other people were hurt. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. the bus driver is on paid leave while that happens. >>> chris christie isn't commenting after a video shows him in a heated back-and-forth at the jersey shore last night. tmz obtained the video after someone criticized his education policy and kept walking. >> you're a real big shot. >> stop shooting your mouth off. >> you're a big shot. keep walking away. >> keep walking. keep walking. >> governor christie recently signed legislation to expand public funding for charter schools. critics wanted that money to go to struggling public schools. >>> doug's here with more about our weather. >> to that it might be cool today compared to tomorrow, that's saying something. the highest i sauce was 99 at the haired. i think we'll be setting some records. we'll show you how things are shaping up. plenty of sunshine, not even a cloud in the sky
of improvement today for a texas grad student mauled by chimpanzees at a wildlife sanctuary in south africa. >> today we're learning more about what may have led to that attack. >> reporter: andrew is recovering well after six hours of surgery yesterday. he's stabled and being sedated by a team of doctors. >> i think under the circumstances of multiple injuries, he is doing well, and we are hoping for a positive outcome. >> reporter: this is the chimp sanctuary still closed to visitors this morning. we were allowed inside to see some of the 33 animals looked after here. each one rescued from poachers, or from their life as an entertainment act, a life that's left some psychologically damaged andangries volume tile. he was here on a study trip from the university of texas with a passion for chimps. just before the attack, he was giving a presentation to a group of tourists. then he's said to have crossed a fence into a no-go zone. eyewitness accounts suggest he stepped into a rocket that was jacked into the fence, perhaps to try to prevent one of the animals hurling it to passersby. >> i've
? >> the great texas mosquito festival. >> in klute, texas. >> but you already missed it. june 28th. we're talking about things over. >> why would you want to call mosquito -- >> let me say something. >> see what happens when you get all worked up? >> jerry, i want to apologize. can we say one thing? because we have a great country singer in the house. >> no, we don't. >> yes, we do. his name is kip moore, and he plays this song. they call him the kind of -- what is it? ♪ >> the hillbilly springsteen. >> he is such fun, we will have him sing for us later. >> i am so enjoying this. this is such a delightful summer drink. >> it's delicious, jerry. >>> up next, is laughter the best medicine? >> oh, gosh, we have lisa kudrow in the house. >> how did i do that? ♪ 5-hour energy. hours and hours of energy. ♪ [ ping! ] [ ping! ping! ] that's why i use new tampax radiant. it helps keep my period invisible, combing tampax's best-ever leak protection with a revolutionary resealable wrapper so all they'll see is me. [ ping! ] ♪ hi. totally new, awesomely-invisible tampax radiant. check out
break that helped lead to his safety. >> crossing the line? a texas woman says tsa agents put her life in jeopardy. >> controversy after a 4-year-old cancer patient is denied a trip to disney world. >> the lines have already started. they've been camping out since noon to get a seat for this summ summer's block buster. [ male announcer ] where did all the obama stimulus money go? friends, donors, campaign supporters, special interest groups where did the obama stimulus money go? solyndra: 500 million taxpayer dollars. bankrupt. so where did the obama stimulus money go? windmills from china. electric cars from finland 79% of the 2.1 billion in stimulus grants awarded through it went to overseas companies. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >>> a three-year-old boy in columbia, south america is alive after he spent almost a day trapped in a sewer draft. he disappeared on tuesday with his two brothers and crews didn't find him when they initially swept that area. just as they were about to leave, they checked one more time and they found the boy, they quickly removed h
it won't bring the wide-spread relief where we need. >> southeast texas has gone from a record drought to a deluge as much as 15 inches this week alone. as one local put it swinging from hell to high water. nbc news, houston. >> the question we have been asked, are you paying with cash or credit. the answer to that question could have a whole new price tag. nbc's michelle fransen has the detail snooze we are used to it at the pump one price for cash and a higher one for plastic. that surcharge could be coming to other places. up to 3.75% to cover expenses. this week, visa mastercard and other banks agreed to a $7 billion settlement in a price fixing case brought by retailers. now that merchants have the green light to pass on surcharges to the customer. the big question is will they? experts say it is risky. the second they start charging the customers more. that is what is going to anger the customer. that is the last thing they are going to want to do especially coming off of the recession. customers still have the choice to pay by cash or debit card. >> you think it isn't going to a
pavement sfroo from wisconsin to texas, you're seeing streets buckling all over the place. >> reporter: with no relief in sight for friday, they've canceled all of summer's classes. it's much the same for the nation as far north as milwaukee. to make matters worse, hundreds of thousands of americans are in their sixth day without electricity after last week's storms. they're still waiting for relief from the heat and their frustration. >> when they told me july 8th this morning, i cried. it's -- i couldn't believe it. i had actually broken at that point. >> reporter: forecasters say that relief may come by the end of the week. >> by this weekend and early next week it's going to feel more comfortable. >> reporter: cooler temperatures without significant rains will do lit toll help the extremely dry conditions affecting two-third os testify country. dave says his farm hasn't had decent rain since april 159. >> basically we're considering this to be a total loss. >> reporter: the government warns that the corn is in its worst shape in 20 years. prices are up 25% in just the last three we
. >> stephanie, thank you. now to the graduate student from texas recovering from a brutal chimp attack in south africa. we'll talk to two of his close friends in a moment. first rohit in south africa. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. the doctors here have really had a chance to reassess some of those injuries. it's clear the recovery is going to take some time. at least it's now happening with his parents close by. they flew in yesterday afternoon. they were distraught and they raced straight to the hospital. andrew oberle is under sedation this morning. he now has his parents at his bedside. after six hours of surgery to help repair wounds from head to toe, he's recovering well but there's a long way to go. exclusive images of the two chimps involved, nicky and am, adeus. he charged the director after the attack. he's stable and cared for at a zoo in johannesburg. despite the savage mauling by two chimpanzees, doctors believe oberle may have escaped much worse injuries. >> he's in stable condition, remains in stable condition. he's been stable for quite some time now. we believ
. >>> at least is 11 people are dead and 12 others injured in a crash in southern texas. state police there reported heavy-duty truck blew a tire and slammed into a tree last night just north of corpus christi. all 23 people including several children were inside the truck at the time of the crash. many of the survivors have light threatening injuries. immigration and customs officials are also taking part in this investigation. >>> today penn state will find out its punishment for allegedly covering up abuse by assistant football cove jerry sandusky. the ncaa will announce sanctions this morning. those sanctions are expected to be severe and could include a hefty fine, a loss of scholarships and a ban on bowl games. they will not likely include the so-called death penalty, that one involves suspending the entire football program for at least one year. this morning's announcement will come a day after penn state removed the statue of former head coach joe paterno from the front of the school's stadium. they say the statue has become a division and an obstacle to healing. a question of
immigration officials joining the investigation into a deadly crash in southern texas. a heavy-duty truck packed with 23 people in the cab and the bed crashed into two trees last night. at least 11 people died including children. 12 others were injured. many of the survivors have life-threatening injuries. officials say the truck may have had a blowout or flat tire before the crash. >>> a mass food poisons at a homeless facility. at least 40 people became sick after eating a turkey dinner at the denver rescue mission. most became ill within 45 minutes of meeting. first responders trolled nearby streets looking for other homeless people who might have needed treatment. health officials are looking for the source of that meat. >>> if they play football come september at penn state, something is wrong. >> it appears there will be football at penn state this fall. but the mood and atmosphere at those games may be very different than in any season in that school's history. this morning the ncaa will announce sanctions against penn state for its role in the jerry sandusky scandal, and the sanct
injured all in one pickup when it went off the road and slammed into two trees in rural south texas. the cause of the accident is being investigated but i trooper said a blown out tire may be to blame. the truck was packed with illegal immigrant but. >>> here's a look at stories making news in america. in new orleans a 17 story building came crashing down on purpose. crews imploded the old palace hotel, also known as grand palace, to make room for a new medical center. >>> in florida a hospital that stood for 40 years met its own demise. the seven-story facility was turned to rubble in less than ten seconds after closing its doors less than two years ago. >>> also in florida, big trouble on a small runway when a massive c-17 military cargo jet landed at the wrong airport and nearly ran out of runway. the pilot thought he was arriving at mcgill air force, but that's four miles away. the crew was able to later successfully take off. >>> in massachusetts a woman fought back with mangos. an armed robber hit the woman's head with guns. the thieves were later captured and the mango throwi
. >>> severe weather tore through north texas friday. high winds caused an 18-wheeler to tip over on to a passenger vehicle near the dallas-ft. worth international airport. hail, lightning and heavy rain delayed several flights. no one was seriously hurt. >>> separately, torrential rains caused part of a ceiling to collapse friday at a mall in charlotte, north carolina. shoppers say it was frightening, but fortunately, everyone got out okay. it's estimated that up to three inches of rain fell in about 45 minutes. >>> turning to syria, where the rebels are pushing deeper into the capital of damascus in their fight to topple bashar al assad's regime. nbc's ayman moin dean is here with more. >> reporter: they have clashed for a seventh straight day in damascus. since an attack on wednesday killed the country's defense minister along with three other top security officials, rebel have been frequently ambushing troops and attacking police stations in the capital, but the syrian military is fighting back fiercely, attacking neighborhoods with helicopter gun ships and heavy weapons, but
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